The Villages of Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills,and Lincolnshire all presently tap into Lake Michigan for their water supply. On October 9th, Long Grove's village board voted to hire Applied Technology to complete a Lake Michigan water study to determine if it would be feasible for Long Grove, a neighboring town to also pursue municipal water.
According to Long Grove Village Manager David Lothspeich, "the benefits of a village wide system would be a more reliable and quality source of water. During a drought, owners of shallow wells may need to lower the pump in order to tap into additional water. Although it is healthy water, well water often has an odor or can be discolored."
Although certain residents are opposed to city water because they enjoy the lower water bills with an acre+ to water, others feel that the property values in Long Grove would substantially increase if the city tapped into city water. Although a buyer may appreciate the acreage, beauty, and sense of community Long Grove offers its residents, the average buyer may shy away from the additional upkeep of a well. Keeping up with the maintenance of a water system may make the potential buyer reconsider his options in today's market.